Let them do the hunting and gathering, you just have to eat
Hunt and Gather is a new kid on the block in Cronulla's restaurant scene. The love child of Lee and Sharon Carroll, this establishment opened its doors a couple of short months back and despite being so recently fledged is receiving some rave reviews across the board.
If that Carroll surname rings a bell, you are either very familiar with the restaurant scene in The Shire or you read my previous review. Lee is a regular chip off the old block from dad Chris, owner of The Three Fish Restaurant a block away.
I asked Lee what inspired the name he chose and in what seemed to typify his gregarious nature he responded; "Hunt and Gather is like a metaphor for mine and Sharon's life. We love to source food, cook it and eat it. We hunt. We gather".
And this is what he's been doing for some time now with solid bias towards one style; "I love the simplicity of Italian cooking". Lee has spent most of his years as head chef in the kitchens of Italian restaurants in the area.
With Hunt and Gather, however, there's been a tangent shift to "modern Australian" cuisine. That's a category that can be slippery to define so I let Lee add his twist on a definition; "We absolutely use solely Australian produce. With those raw materials we add our culinary ideas that represent the global nature of contemporary Australia".
It's a definition that is reflected in his menu. There are unashamed hints towards his Italian leanings but his menu reads eclectic. My entrée - "Pan fried Harvey Bay scallops with home made pork and fennel sausage in a cauliflower puree". Scallops and pork sausage are a couple of strange bedfellows on paper but it slid down like a boogie board on a water slide. The toughest part was choosing a wine that could compliment both. Come on down David Hook Pinot Griggio, a crisp number for all occasions from one of my favourite Hunter vineyards.
The rest of the menu wasn't quite as quirky but still with plenty of edge. My tip, the barbecued spring lamb fillets, crisp potato and rosemary rosti ratatouille. Wash that down with a Bremerton Cab Sav and tell me life isn't too shabby.
The service was informed and efficient. The blackboard specials enticing and the prices reasonable. Lee and Sharon have quickly skipped the growing pains of opening a new restaurant and are already registering a healthy blip on the foodie radar. They hunt and gather while all you have to do to finish off the equation is eat and drink. It's a great deal.
Lovely article Garry, I have to agree with you. I was taken there last week for my birthday celebrations and enjoyed an absolutely devine meal. I chose the prawn ravioli followed by the steak. hubby had the pork and my friends raved about the fish. Kids meals were fantastic. Clean plates all round. THEN.... desserts ( I am still fantasizing about them) YUM YUM YUM so we will be back there very soon. cheers and well done to the new owners and their very happy staff. Deirdre & Dave